Is your surname Arnold?

Research the Arnold family

John Arnold's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Arnold

Birthplace: East Haddam, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Arnold and Elizabeth Brainerd
Husband of Hannah Arnold
Father of Joshua Arnold; Gideon Arnold; John Arnold; Mehitable Lewis; Hannah Wheeler and 9 others
Brother of Gideon Arnold; John Arnold; Joseph Arnold; Samuel Arnold; Josiah Arnold and 3 others

Managed by: Susan
Last Updated:

About John Arnold

A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of ...

By Royal Ralph Hinman, p. 59.  (free e-book).

John Arnold, son of Joseph, married Hannah Meakins, Jan. 12 1709/10, of Hartford and had Hannah b. March 3, 1713; John, July 8, 1715; Sarah Dec. 1, 1717; Samuel b. March 16, 1720; Henry July 27, 1722.



The date of the early settlement of Haddam Neck is involved in obscurity, but it is supposed to be about 1710 or '12, by the following persons, some of them settling later than others: William BRAINERD, his wife Sarah BIDWELL, and their children; James BRAINERD jr., his wife Anne; Thomas SELDEN, his wife Sarah, and their children; Sylvester DUDLEY; Gideon GOFF jr., and perhaps his father; Jabez BROOKS Esq., and perhaps Thomas BROOKS; Dr. Joshua and Deacon Gideon ARNOLD, their sisters, and possibly their father, John; ____ CONE; Robert CHAPMAN; Benajah CLARK, and perhaps Deacon Ebenezer SMITH and William MARKHAM; _____ STOCKING. Of these, William BRAINERD, the fifth child of Daniel and Hannah (SPENCER) BRAINERD, one of the original proprietors of Haddam, married Sarah BIDWELL, December 13th 1698, and built his house between the foot of Quarry Hill and the house of the late Cyprian S. BRAINERD. Their children were:

1. Sarah, married Deacon Gideon ARNOLD, one of the settlers. 2. Sergt. William J. married Esther _____. 3. Hannah, married William SMITH. 4. Samuel, married Esther BRAINERD, daughter of Jabez and Hannah (CLARK) BRAINERD, and settled in BRAINERD District in Haddam. 5. (Rev.) Chiliab, graduated at Yale, minister in Eastbury, town of Glastonbury. 6. Lieut. Josiah sen., twice married. He built his house on Quarry Hill in 1737. The house was torn down in 1883. He served in two expeditions to Canada; was with Gen. Wolfe, at the capture of Quebec; and also served in the Revolutionary war. 7. Nathan, twice married. He built his house where the house of Oliver B. ARNOLD now stands.

______________________________ John Arnold Freeman (c. 1590 - 1664 ) Probably John was born at Braintree, County Essex, England, about 1590, and emigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony and settled at Cambridge, where he was made a ‘Freeman’ on 6 May 1635. He married Susannah ???.

    John was one of the original settlers of Hartford in Connecticut Colony, and received 16 acres on the south side of the road leading from George Steeles homestead to South Meadow, south of Little River, 2 in the division of lands in 1639/40.
    A Will for John Arnold is dated 22 August 1664, and his estate was inventoried on 26 December of the same year. The Will mentions his “loving wife Susana.” Sons Josiah, and Joseph was left the land at Hartford on the condition “if he Return to Dwell in Hartford again within two years after the date hereof.” Daniel was provided for “if he live, and be married and have children.” John also required that “my loving Brethern Edward Stebbing and Leftenant Bull to be overseers.” 

Will and Testament of John Arnold

“I John Arnold of Hartford, upon the river of Connecticut, being very aged and weak in body & in a dayle expectation of my change from henc, Doe make and Ordain this my last will and testament in manner and fforme as ffoloweth: Imprimis. I give unto my Dear and loveing wife Susana Arnold the sole and fful use of my now Dwelling hows and howse lott, the barne & all Appurtenances belonging to the aforesaid premises, during the fful term off her naturall life; alsoe my two Kowes. Item. I give my wif to be for her use & at her own dispose all my household goods, my said wife paying or causeing to be paid such Legacies as I shall here bequeath unto my Dear and Loving children, viz: I give unto my son Josiah Arnold one cowe and my two acres of Land in the clayboard swamp, after the death of my wife, & my other upland lotto neer the townes End. If my son Joseph Arnold Returne to Dwell again in Hartford within two yeares after the date heeroff, I give the one halfe of the said Lott to him and his heirs forever; the other part of it I give to my son Daniell & his heirs forever. Item. I give unto my son Daniell; after the decease off my fore said wife, my now dwelling house, houselott & Barne, with all Appurtenances there unto belonging. My will is that if my son Daniell shall live and be marred & have a child or children, that the fore said premises shall be to him and his heirs for ever; But if he shall mary and dye without issue my will is that his wife shall Enjoy the foresaid premises diring her naturall lif, and after he Discease my will is that all those premises I have heerin given to my son Daniell Shall be the estate of my son Joseph Arnold & his heirs for ever. Item. I give unto my dear, loving grandchild Mary Buck ffourty shillings, to be paid at her adge of eighteen yeares or within one full yeare after the decease of my fore said wif. That this my last will and Testament be truly performed, I entreat my loveing brethren Edward Stebbing and Leiftenant Bull to be Overseers hereunto. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this two & twentieth day off August , 1664. John Arnold

Witness hereunto: James Ensign

                           Thomas Bull.

[Proven 26 December, 1664]”

    An inventory of John’s estate was taken on 26 December 1664. His estate was valued over £100.3
    For widow Susannah, she pulled her membership in the First Church of Hartford and became an original member of Hartford’s Second Church on 22 February 1670.
    John and Susannah (???) Arnold had six children.


1. Josiah Arnold - Born possibly in England. Made

    a Freeman in Hartford, Connecticut, on 21 May
    1657, and again listed as such in 1669.

2. Joseph Arnold - Possibly born in England in

    1630. Married about 1660 to Elizabeth Wake-
    man (her second marriage as a widow was to 
    Dea. Daniel Brainerd of Haddam). He died on 
    22 October 1691, at Haddam, Connecticut.

3. John Arnold - 4. Daniel Arnold - Probably born about 1640 at

    Hartford Connecticut Colony. Married to Eliza-
    beth Osborne. He died on 10 May 1691, at 

5. Sussanah? Arnold - 6. Mary? Arnold - Married to Emanuel Buck.

Joseph Arnold Freeman, Deputy (c. 1630 - 1692) Joseph was the second son of John and Susannah (???) Arnold, and may have been born about 1630. Around 1660, Joseph married Elizabeth Wakeman (b: about 1633 in Roxbury, Massachusetts; d: about 1696 at Haddam, Connecticut). Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (???) Wakeman of Hartford, Connecticut (they came to New England on the ship “Lion” in September 1631, and removed to Hartford in 1635/36).

    Joseph was made a Freeman at Hartford in 1658, and he was one of the first settlers at Haddam before 7 December 1667, when the community gathered to vote for the site of the new meeting house “lying against the end of the home lot of Joseph Arnold that he now dwells in.” At Haddam, Joseph was made a Freeman in October 1669.  
    An inventory of his estate was taken on 2 March 1691/92. Since the settlement of John’s estate didn’t make mention of his wife or her maintenance, the court stipulated “that, although she be married , this court confirms the agreement with the condition that if the woman see cause she shall have her thirds of the profits during life, the agreement to the contrary notwithstanding.” The date of the document is 30 March 1693, and on this date Elizabeth married for the second time to Deacon Daniel Brainerd.
    From 1689-1691, Joseph was a Deputy to the General Court in five sessions for Haddam. He was a very prominent man of the town.
    Joseph and Elizabeth (Wakeman) Arnold had seven children.


1. John Arnold - Born 1662/63. Married to Han-

    nah (Hurlbut?). 

2. Joseph Arnold - Born 2 March 1666, at Had-

    dam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married 
    on 28 January 1695, to Susannah Smith (b: 
    1669; d: 14 June 1742). He died on 8 January 

3. Samuel Arnold - Born 1668/69, at Haddam,

    Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married to 
    Abagail ???. He died 20 March 1739.

4. Josiah Arnold - Born 1670/71, at Haddam,

    Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married to 
    Mary (Wells?). He died on 27 January 1711/12. 
    Mary’s estate was inventoried on 4 December 

5. Susannah Arnold - Born 1675/76, at Haddam,

    Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married on 16 
    November 1696, to Thomas Brooks.

6. Jonathan Arnold - Born 1679/80, at Haddam,

    Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married on 12 
    August 1699, to Elizabeth Smith. His estate was
    inventoried on 22 January 1729.

7. Elizabeth Arnold - Born 1682, at Haddam,

    Middlesex County, Connecticut.

John Arnold Constable (1662 - ????) John was born in 1662/63 at Hartford Connecticut Colony. Married to Hannah (Hurlbut?) (b: 1654/74; d: 11/13 April 1719). Haddam’s early land records mention purchasing land. At Haddam, John was made constable on 22 December 1692.

    John and Hannah (Hurlbut?) Arnold had nine children.


1. Joshua Arnold - Born 1687, Haddam, Middle-

    sex County, Connecticut. He was a physician.

2. John Arnold - Born 1689, Haddam, Middlesex

    County, Connecticut. He was a physician.

3. Gideon Arnold - Born 1691, Haddam, Middle-

    sex County, Connecticut. Married 14 May 
    1724, to Abigail Brainerd. He died in March 

4. Ebenezer Arnold - Born about 1696, Haddam,

    Middlesex County, Connecticut.

5. Mehitable Arnold - Married to Zebulen Lewis. 6. Hannah Arnold - Died about 1739. 7. Rebecca Arnold - Born 1702. She died on 6

    November 1746.

8. Elizabeth Arnold - 9. Jonathan Arnold -

Gideon Arnold Farmer, Deacon (c. 1687 - 1772) Son of John and Hannah (???) Arnold of Middle Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. He married on 14 May 1724, to Abigail Brainerd of Haddam. (Please see Brainerd family history.)

    Gideon’s occupation was that of a farmer of Haddam Neck. He was elected as Deacon of the Congregational Church in Middle Haddam on 8 November 1740. 
    A second marriage took place after 1758/59 to Sarah Brainerd (b: 11 March 1699/1700, Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut). She was the daughter of William Brainerd and Sarah Bidwell.
    He was respected and an honor to the Christian religion. On his death in March 1772 he was greatly lamented.
    Gideon and Abigail (Brainerd) Arnold had eleven children.4


 1.  Abigail Arnold - Born 7 March 1726, Middle 
      Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. 
      Probably died young.
 2.  Jerusha Arnold - Born 21 March 1728, Middle
      Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. 
      Married to David Arnold.
 3.  Joseph Arnold - Born at Middle Haddam, 
      Middlesex County, Connecticut.
 4.  Daniel Arnold - Born about 1731, Middle 
      Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. 
      Married to Ruth Hale.
 5.  Giedeon Arnold - Born about 1735, Middle 
      Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. 
      Married on 2 September 1761, to Lucy Hinck-
      ley (d: 1 March 1801). He died 7 February 
 6.  Jacob Arnold - Born at Middle Haddam, Mid-
      dlesex County, Connecticut.
 7.  Hannah Arnold - Born at Middle Haddam, 
      Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married to 
      James Hazelton.
 8.  Abigail Arnold - Baptized 26 July 1741, at 
      Middle Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecti-
      cut. Married on 31 May 1758, to Lemuel War-
 9.  Mary Arnold - Baptized 6 May 1743, at Mid-
      dle Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut. 

10. Jacob Arnold - Baptized 10 November 1745, at

      Middle Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecti-
      cut. Married to Anna ???. He moved to Pitts-
      field, Massachusetts.

Daniel Arnold Deacon (c. 1731 - 17?? ) Born about 1731 at Middle Haddam (now Portland), Middlesex County, Connecticut. Married on 27 November 1755, to Ruth Hale (bap: 3 November 1734), at Haddam. (Please see Hale family history.) The family lived at Haddam Neck (now East Hampton). Daniel died on 27 May 17??.

    Daniel and Ruth (Hale) Arnold had ten children.5


 1.  Mary Arnold - Born 5 July 1756.
 2.  Ashbil Arnold - Born 17 March 1758.
 3.  Eunice Arnold - Baptized 31 August 1760. 
      Married 12 October 1780, to Elisha Smith.
 4.  Abigail Arnold - Baptized 15 August 1762.
 5.  Elizabeth Arnold - Baptized 28 September 
      1764. Married 8 October 1799, to Roswell 
 6.  Daniel Arnold, Jr. - Baptized 10 August 1766.
 7.  Ruth Arnold - Baptized 31 July 1768. Mar-
      ried 27 August 1798, to James Gardner 
      Miller. She died 7 September 1816. (Please 
      see Miller family history.)
 8.  David Arnold - Baptized 12 August 1770. 
      Married 8 April 1792, to Elizabeth Hubbard.
 9.  Martha Arnold - Baptized 3 August 1772. Mar-
      ried 1st on 26 March 1797, to Abijah Brainerd, 
      Jr.; 2nd on 7 September 1841, to Hiram Chase 
      at Seneca, New York.

10. Elisha Arnold - Baptized 27 November 1774.


1 James W. Hook, compiler, Arnold Family of Haddam and East Haddam. (Booklet found at Connecticut State Library and had no title page.) (FHL-USA/CAN 929. .); John Wesley Arnold, M.D., A Connecticut Arnold Memorial. (Long Beach, California: Self published, revised 1999) (FHL-USA/CAN 929.273 Ar64aw.) NOTE - All data from these two sources unless noted.

2 Royal R. Hinman, Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut. Volumes I-V. ( Hartford, Connecticut: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1852) V. 1, p. 58. (FHL-USA/CAN 974.6 D2hra v. 1.)

3 Hinman, v. 1, p. 58.

4 Lucy Abigail Brainard, The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America, 1649-1908. (Hartford, Connecticut: Hartford Press, 1908) Pp. 42-43. (FHL-USA/CAN 929.273 B731b 1987 v. 1.)

5 Arnold, p. 71.

view all 30

John Arnold's Timeline

East Haddam, Connecticut Colony
Age 25
East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
Age 27
Haddam, Middlesex, CT
Age 27
of East Haddam,Middlesex,Connecticut
Age 30
E. Haddam,Middlesex,Connecticut
Age 34
East Haddam, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Age 40
Hampton, Windham, CT
Age 42
Age 44
E. Haddam,Middlesex,Connecticut
January 12, 1709
Age 47